Cocktail Curious Gift Set


A creative gift for the cocktail curious. With Strongwater’s Bitters Sample Box, you’ll be concocting unique holiday cocktails and mocktails in no time. Then sip your special drink with friends and family, or imbibe alone while perusing Ellen Zachos’s The Wildcrafted Cocktail for inspiration and education. Makes a great hostess gift too!

  • Herbal Bitters Sample Box from Strongwater (Denver, Colorado)
  • The Wildcrafted Cocktail by Ellen Zachos (Santa Fe, New Mexico)

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Want it for Christmas? Order by December 13 for delivery by December 23

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Herbal Bitters Sample Box
Strongwater (Denver, Colorado)

The Herbal Bitters Sample Box is filled with half-ounce bottles of each of Strongwater’s handcrafted, Rocky Mountain–foraged herbal bitters. Sample Strongwater’s Golden, Amores, Riza, Fire Tamer, and Native Floral bitters (ingredients below). Use these creative concoctions to craft special cocktails and mocktails, or add them to your food recipes to spice up a Tuesday-night meal.

Strongwater’s herbal bitters are carefully crafted with organic herbs, spices, roots, and fruits to bring you unique and diverse flavors. They use an organic, gluten-free cane-sugar alcohol as the base for all of their concoctions. Below are more details about each of the botanical bitters.

Golden—Aromatic Turmeric Cocktail Bitters
Botanicals: Turmeric, cardamom, sassafras, cinnamon
Pairings: Whiskey, bourbon, gin, tequila, tea, bubbly water

Amores—Chocolate Vanilla Cocktail Bitters
Botanicals: Cacao nib, vanilla bean, milk thistle
Pairings: Bourbon, champagne, vodka, tequila, tea, bubbly water

Riza—Orange Licorice Cocktail Bitters
Botanicals: Orange, licorice, anise, rose hips
Pairings: Absinthe, gin, vodka, whiskey, bourbon, tea, bubbly water

Fire Tamer—Spicy Lemon Ginger Cocktail Bitters
Botanicals: Ginger, lemon, clove, fennel
Pairings: Gin, vodka, whiskey, tea, green tea, bubbly water

Native Floral—Wildflower Cocktail Bitters
Botanicals: Lavender, chamomile, vervain, calendula, other native Colorado flowers
Pairings: Champagne, gin and vodka martinis, tea, bubbly water

The Wildcrafted Cocktail: Make Your Own Foraged Syrups, Bitters, Infusions, and Garnishes; Includes Recipes for 45 One-of-a-Kind Mixed Drinks
By Ellen Zachos (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
Published by Storey Publishing

In this book by foraging expert Ellen Zachos, the local-foods movement and the craft cocktail scene collide. Zachos shows you how easy it is to make delicious, one-of-a-kind mixed drinks with flowers, berries, roots, and leaves that you can find along roadsides or in your backyard. Get the party started with recipes for more than 50 garnishes, syrups, infusions, juices, and bitters – including Quick Pickled Daylily Buds, Rose Hip Syrup, and Chanterelle-infused Rum – and 45 surprising and delightful cocktails, such as Stinger in the Rye, Don’t Sass Me, and Tree-tini. In partnership with Rémy Cointreau USA, Zachos teaches foraged mixology workshops to bartenders and is a regular contributor to several Edible magazines. She’s also a longtime instructor at the New York Botanic Garden and the author of six books, including Backyard Foraging.

Photo credit: Kirsten Boyer

Nick Andresen, Strongwater

Nick - Strongwater Bitters and ShrubsStrongwater Spirits & Botanicals, founded in 2015 in Denver, Colorado, crafts and sells organic bitters and shrubs. Bitters are created by soaking barks, berries, roots, and flowers in alcohol. Add the resulting liquid to vodka, gin, whiskey, or other spirits to create tasty cocktails; or to sparkling water to flavor lunchtime refreshment; or take it straight up to aide with digestion. Shrubs date back to colonial times and are made with fruit-infused vinegar and a sweetener—most often sugar, but Strongwater uses raw Colorado honey and organic apple cider vinegar—and were traditionally a way to preserve the fruits of summer.

Strongwater offers Turmeric, Chocolate Vanilla, Spicy Lemon Ginger, Wildflower, and Orange Licorice bitters, while their shrub flavors include: Blueberry & Mint, Cherry & Thyme, Ginger & Pear, Peach & Rose, and Persimmon & Lavender. Yum! Continue reading –>

photo: Jordan Holloway

Ellen Zachos, The Wildcrafted Cocktail

Photo of Ellen ZachosEllen Zachos teaches foraged mixology workshops to bartenders in partnership with Rémy Cointreau USA, and is a regular contributor to several Edible magazines. A longtime instructor at the New York Botanic Garden, Zachos is the author of six books, including The Wildcrafted Cocktail and Backyard Foraging.


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